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DIY carpet spot cleaner

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Someone posted back in 2014 here about removing static from clothing. I found that drying synthetics and natural fiber clothing in separate loads generally helps a LOT! I also use wool dryer balls with essential oils of choice for the scent. The action of the balls bouncing around, fluffing up the clothing, seems not only to scent them nicely, but also to dry them quicker, and it seems like there is less static from using them, as opposed to not using them.

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I just made a carpet freshener....I mixed baking soda with herbs de provence...just mix together and sprinkle on the rugs.....after a few minutes, vacuum...the room smells clean and natural...

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While I like the idea of homemade washing powder be sure whatever dish-washing detergent you use in it if any is not laden with chemicals or petro-chemicals. Otherwise it will not be so natural after all. emoticon

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here's some information I found about fabric softeners it has some recipes for homemade ones as well:

Do you really need to add those chemicals to your wash?
Last updated: 20 June 2016

In short, no. However, there's nothing like that great soft feeling of clean towels and clothes that have been washed with a fabric softener. An optional additive to your laundry load, fabric softener works by making the fibres stand on end, giving the material a softer feel.

Chemical reaction

The problem, however, is that you're essentially removing dirt with your detergent during the wash cycle, and then adding a layer of chemical compounds to the towels and other items from the softener during the rinse cycle. And over time, using fabric softeners can cause a gunky buildup in your washing machine (known as "scrud").

Another drawback, apart from the fact that you're adding chemicals to your already clean clothes, is that the chemicals tend to make the material less capable of absorbing water – not that useful for a towel or nappies. To avoid this, more chemicals are added to reduce this effect, amongst the other chemicals that make up fabric softeners.

We tested fabric softeners for both softness and absorption performance, and you can tell from the outcome that the softer the product, the less it will absorb.

Those that claim to be "sensitive" tend to reduce the amount of dye and fragrance, but they've still got chemicals in them which can cause irritation to some people.

DIY softeners

Below you can find a couple of recipes for homemade fabric softeners. They won't work quite as well as the commercial products (you can compare them in our test), but at least you'll know exactly what's going into your wash.

Recipe 1

6 cups vinegar
1 cup baking soda
10 drops essential oil
Put your vinegar into a large bowl; add your favourite essential oil. Add the baking soda and let it stand till the fizzing stops. Use a cup per load.

Recipe 2

5 cups hot water
3 cups vinegar
1 cup hair conditioner
Mix hot water and conditioner together. Pour in vinegar and put the mixture in a container. Use around 40mL in the regular softener dispenser in your washer or during the rinse cycle.

Recipe 3

1 cup of Epsom salt or coarse sea salt
15 drops of your favourite essential oil
¼ cup baking soda
Mix together 1 cup of Epsom salt or coarse sea salt and add 15 drops of your favourite essential oil. Use a few tablespoons prior to the rinse cycle.

Other options

If you're not a fan of rock-hard towels, there are a few other options that don't involve any additives.

Lower the spin speed of your washing machine – the lower the spin speed, the less likely your towels will be hard.

Snap your towels back to fluffiness: once your towels come out of the wash, try giving them a flick to get them straightened out before hanging them to dry.
Put them in the dryer for 10 minutes. Warm air, or even cool air, will get them soft again.

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I can't use fabric softeners as they make me sneeze. I've found using ancient towels to work pretty well. That is, I have 4 hand towels that are so old, they no longer leave lint. I put them in nearly all my dryer loads and they keep the static down. Also if the clothing is shaken a bit when removed from the dryer, it can remove remaining static.

But, in the UK, your dryers in general are much much smaller than the ones in the US. I'm not sure extra towels would fit into a regular load.

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This is not strictly a cleaner question but does anyone have anything they have found that removes static from clothes. Over the years I've used fabric conditioners, which used to work, and fabric softeners but both of these don't see to work as an anti-static any more. At least not here in the UK.

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I've tried the home made laundry detergent a number of times since the late 70's. Never been quite happy with its ability to keep my whites looking white.

I've never made it with Dawn, so I'm going to give it another try, using your tweaks. Also no grating.

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Is the borax people use the kind found in major stores or is it the kind bought on line from places like mountain rose and herb?

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I like my steam mop, a cheaper version than the one advertized on TV

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I'm loving all this information! Thanks everyone emoticon

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Already use the vinegar because of my asthma. Harsh chemicals are out but never thought of the tea tree oil. will try it, thanks. I happen to have some.

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Countertops, sinks, floors, and tub I use water, white or apple cider vinegar (prefer white), and tea tree and lemon oil. Also works in the toilet.

I use plain water and tea tree oil to get out cat urine - takes the smell right out!

I only use good quality essential oils, not crappy cheap stuff from generic beauty stores. If I have a cold or a stuffy nose, I'll add some Eucalyptus.

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I make my own laundry detergent and have been very pleased. 12 oz Borax 6 oz Washing Soda 6 oz detergent. such as Dawn, Joy or Ajax. If you like more suds, you can tweak amount of dish 6 oz Baking Soda (Optional) This is for a gallon and I got this off internet but tweaked as above. I put 2 cups of hot water into a gallon jug and dissolve the Borax and Washing Soda and then add the dish detergent and fill up with cold water and let bubbles leave and let sit and then I use 1 cup per load and it is great and cheap and lasts a long time and is very quick to make. No grating and i have also used liquid soap just to see if it would work and that worked also.. I like knowing what is in the products that my clothes are cleaned with.

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Thanks for the address. I like Baking soda (bi-carb soda) to clean with

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That web site is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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If you are interested in making your own cleaners this article contains recipes for cleaners for almost everything.
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All purpose cleaner (home made) and organic.

This recipe was given to me from a sweet older person and I have found that it not only cleans my Landry it also cleans just about everything.
It kills spiders, and most other pests so when my daughter got lice and nothing would work I washed her hair in my home made Landry Soap and no more lice. I t did not even bother her exama. In fact it helped it to go away.
I had a cat get in my van and spray and I was told that the smell would never go away and this stuff got it out. NO SMELL. WOW!

Makes 2.5 gallons
1 cup Borax
1 cup Armenhamer Landry Soap
(NO BLEACH)
1 half bar of fels-naptha bar soap
(graded)
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Mix until all is dissolved. let cool.



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Toothpaste is also good for cleaning silver, (gentle not too much pressure) chrome and small like stuff

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I work at a farm and did a Farm Talk last weekend about natural cleaners using household ingredients - like vinegar, lemon and baking soda!!! I'm so glad I found this thread! My talk was about cleaners, so I went over a variety (all purpose, scrubby, window and glass cleaners, mold removers, furniture polish....even toothpaste! After all, it is tooth cleaner!) and I had a great crowd. I'm so happy to have been able to share these kinds of products with people. I look forward to watching this topic and getting more ideas from people! emoticon

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Thanks for posting all of this great information!

I've been using vinegar as fabric softener for some time now. Love that it's cheap and effective. I've also been using a "winging it" variation of baking soda, borax, and Dr. Bronner's as laundry detergent. I don't have a formula for it .... it's just a little of each for each load. Everything seems to be coming out clean and fresh!

I also use vinegar for just about every cleaning need. Good stuff.

I'm very excited to read about the urine cleaning process. Can't wait to try it in my home. I have 2 pups and 3 kitties - so accidents have happened! Would love to see if I can correct the problems without having to completely rip out all of the carpet (though I have to admit, with that much fur around ... I'm counting down the days to when I can afford to do it!).

Thanks again for all the great information!
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I have using homemade laundry detergent and fabric softener for quite a while now, They both work very well and save us a lot!

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I LOVE them too, what a pleasure to do cleaning these days

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No way, lol!!! They're great!!!!

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Phew thanks for replying ALP, or I would feel like a twit. That really is a major rant about microfibres, but I felt I just wanted to let it out. However, I think perhaps I went a bit overboard about the microfibres.
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I am all about my microfiber! Love it!!!!!

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I am a fan of vinegar and baking soda, too. I mix soap and water into water bottles, or vinegar and water, and squirt the mix into hard to reach places, like the loo. Do we really need to put hard chemicals down our drains? I don't think so. Do any of you use microfibre? I have been using them for a while now. I started with sabco but have moved to Enjo products. Guys, it's ok to use with vinegar etc, but with these fibres all you really need is cold water. I am amazed at how clean just the fibres and water get everything. And when you want to rub harder, don't! Just spray on extra cold water! (I have OOS so rubbing hard is bad for me, so you can see why I like this system). i'm loving the microfibre mopping system, no need for a bucket, you just peel off the cloth and rinse and wring it out. The flat head gets into all kinds of places, even under the stove and fridge, with no bending. And in the bathroom, just use microfibre cloths, they even get rid of mildew. The trick there is to wipe dry with a drying cloth, and its amazing to see the shine. Bathroom mirrors that DH wipes with a wet hand and smears every shave, I just pass over a wet microfibre then swipe ( not rub or polish) with a drying cloth. Truly there are no streaks, I can't figure out how it works. Here in NZ I see they are introducing microfibre systems to clean hospitals, so they must be effective.

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I am so glad that I have recently realized that I overspend and overstock on expensive, dangerous specialty household cleaners. Simpler is so much better! I now buy eco friendly and biodegradable cleaners when I need them, but mostly I've been using baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar, and it's amazing. I feel safer and I am glad my dogs are no longer exposed to potentially dangerous fumes.

Thanks for all the wonderful tips and ideas in this thread!

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That is a great idea to use the net bags! I like that and will remember for future reference

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thanks! They look perfect. I added it to my shopping cart for my next Amazon purchase. I'll still use the net bags though, since they are free and sometimes I have messes (4 siberian huskies) that you just have to throw out the scrubber!.



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Oh I got something for that -- I picked up two packages yesterday:

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These things are great!! I can use them for gentle scrubbing on my ceramic cook top and the microfiber! Wow, I love that stuff!! I love it because you can just throw them in the dishwasher on an antibacterial rinse and they clean up wonderfully!!!!

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I use a lot of vinegar and baking soda but sometimes I need a scrubber.

So, I found a great free solution! I've been saving the net bags veggies are packaged and ball them up and use them until they fall apart. The work very well on tough gunk.

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Don't know if anyone ever heard of Mircle II Soap, a natural. Here is one website that sells it:
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I use it for my shower, washing my clothes, cleaning my room.
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I read somewhere how to make Oxiclean! 1/2 peroxide and 1/2 washing soda! Easy enough I have both already!

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yip! and Borax, will get floors very clean and it will kill any dustmites at the same time. Can't imagine how we managed before going green, lol!

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Gotta love baking soda!!

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Another handy use for baking soda - I use it to polish silver and clean my jewelry (silver, gold, platinum). I make a paste and rub it on then rinse with water. It takes a little more effort than a jar of jewelry cleaner for gold and platinum, and about the same as using silver polish.

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Just wanted to say I have been using the homemade laundry soap and fabric softener a while now and will not go back! The only thing I thought was an issue was a sauce stain, and once I soaked it in Borax and baking soda then washed it normally it did come out. Seemed like it wasn't going to...And everything smeels clean but not perfume-y.

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Wow, thanks so much for the tip. I am going to try it!

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3C. Vinegar, 2C. hair conditioner, 6C. water. I made 1/2 a batch to start. I found some Nature's Gate conditioner for $2 at a discount store and used that. So far so good!

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Hair conditioner? Interesting, what are your proportions? I would be interested in trying that

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The softener I made is vinegar, hair conditioner and water. It seems to keep the static down so far.

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My bad, Cindy, I misread, I thought you were making dishwasher soap... oops!

For fabric softener, I do use vinegar. Just straight vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser and I think it does just as good of a job as the regular stuff (the clothes do not smell vinigar-ey either). It works good minus the static issue, it is so dry that I feel like I need something that I can throw in the dryer when I am running that because our clothes do get bad with the static. Does anyone have any ideas about this? I don't want to resort to dryer sheets and I am not sure if they do natural dryer sheets. Hmmm, I may go check that out!

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Thanks for the tip on the peroxide!

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same here, no place for bleach in my house, I find I don't need bleach at all for my whites, the vinegar and baking soda does the trick. I use hydrogen peroxide on hubby, dogs and parrot's-handy in a spray bottle, thinned with water as a disinfectant for scrapes and scratches, quick & easy to apply and guaranteed no infection-saved a fortune in vet and doctors fees! This was a tip from Anna so all credit to her, my first aid box is now human and animal friendly emoticon

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I always forget about peroxide. Good to know! Baking soda, gotta love it! I quit buying bleach I just can't bring myself to use it anymore. Nasty stuff there!

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more tips-
1. Hydrogen Peroxide: This is an eco friendly, very inexpensive alternative to the ingredients promoted by most cleaners and shopkeepers. Hydrogen Peroxide can be used safely to bleach whites and is kinder to the environment than regular bleach. It doesn't, however, fade brightly coloured fabrics. This product can often remove old and set stains when soaked in it.
2. Baking Soda Paste: This is excellent for oil based stains like tomato sauce and chocolate. Pre treat the stains by rubbing the paste very gently on the spots with your old toothbrush or if the stain is large use a soft nail brush.



I mix baking soda with my laundry powder, cleaner washing plus last longer!

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didn't make dishwasher soap I don't have one. I have not delved into the natural dish soap yet as I have some dawn free left. I am replacing as I use things up, although I did try the borax before using up the cleansers because I already had it.

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I tried to make dishwasher detergent and didn't have any luck with it. How is it working for you???

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I did end up making my own laundry soap and fabric softener from recipes I found online. www.thefamilyhomestead.com/laundryso
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There is really no smell I would like to add a bit more of the Tranquility essential oil I bought for it.

My new favorite product is Borax! Since buying it for the laundry soap I have used it on soap scum, toilet bols and the kitchen sink all with great, fume free results! I tried some organic cleaners that didn't work as well. Natural soaps tend to be ROUGH on a tub! emoticon

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Does anyone have a good recipe for homemade laundry soap? I want to try it and would like input from those who have tried it...

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and in the foot bath, very refreshing!

Tea bags can also be soaked in petrol(gas) and dried-handy to start barbecue wood fires.

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I use mostly loose tea as well but maybe we could tie it in a piece of cotton cloth and use it in these handy ways. With some of these ideas we could just use it loose--like the fertilizer.

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Great ideas, but unfortunately, I use loose tea.

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Excellent! Thank you! I also have one to add -- for those new mommies who are nursing and in the beginning when being 'toughened up' with all the cracking and soreness associated with the beginning stages of nursing, putting tea bags on the nipple helps tremendously!!!

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The many different uses for used tea bags


If you are someone who drinks tea regularly, here is one more reason to enjoy your favourite beverage: your used tea bags have a multitude of uses.

From personal care to gardening, used tea bags have a wide range of applications.

Let us now take a look some of the unusual uses for used tea bags:

• If your eyes look puffy and tired, place warm tea bags on each eye. It reduces puffiness, dark circles, and refreshes your eyes.

• Placing tea bags on your skin can give you relief from sunburn. If a large portion of your body is sunburnt, you can draw a bath with cool water, put some used tea bags in it, leave it for a few minutes, and then take a nice bath.

• If you are sore, bruised, or bleeding, you can put a tea bag over the bruise for a few minutes. Tea, as some of you know, contains a compound called tannin, which constricts blood vessels. So, it can reduce the swollen tissues and stop the bleeding as well.

• Men can place a wet tea bag on their faces to alleviate the burning sensation after they shave.

• If your feet are smelly, you can put some tea bags in warm water and soak your feet in it. Being a natural astringent, tea closes the sweat pores in your feet and prevents you from sweating excessively. The tannins present in it kill the bacteria that cause foul odour.

• Used tea bags can be used to clean wooden furniture, mirrors, and pots and pans. They remove even the greasiest of stains and leave everything looking just as good as new.

• If you have metal utensils or furniture, you can use tea bags to wipe them clean. The tannins present in tea prevent rusting and keep the utensils and furniture rust-free.

• To keep your plants healthy, you can place some used tea bags in the pot or around the plants. Since tea is a rich source of nitrogen, it can be used as a natural fertilizer.

• You can deodorize your fridge, closet, ashtray, or even your kitty litter by keeping a used tea bag in it for some time.

Tea bags, as you can see, can do much more than just brew up a beverage. So, stop throwing used tea bags away and use them for various daily needs. It is the best way to get more value for the money you spend on tea.

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Well, that's pretty cool. I'm going to do that with my husband's shower. Thanks for the idea.

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Just moved to another house, the shower had mildew all over, been wasting precious energy trying to clean it until I remembered vinegar & baking soda-made a paste, plastered it everywhere and left it for the day-looks like a brand new space! :)

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Great idea, I am always burning pans because I don't use non stick cookware (yuk). I am definitely going to try this.

As for the vinegar for the drains, I do that often and finish it off with boiling water. It does work great for slow drains!

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Baking soda is great-had a burn pot the other day, just sprinkled it with the baking soda left it for about an hour then cleaned it...so easy!

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Good one! i love baking soda and vinegar for drains!!

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Just a note: I don't know if you've tried baking soda & vinegar to clear drains, but it is amazing! Plus, I don't need to worry about the harsh chemicals in the draino type products! I was always afraid my cats would get into that stuff!

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I am trying vinegar as my fabric softener in my laundry today!

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I've been using vinegar in my rinse too and I love it! Everything smells fresh and clean. And soft.
Great idea; thanks

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OMG, I have been using the vinegar in my fabric softener dispenser all day today when doing laundry and it is AMAZING!!!!!!!

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The only problem I have about using liquid softener in the final cycle is I always forget!! My washer is 22 years old and doesn't have a place to put softener!
ANI - I usually use the ECO liquid fabric softener when I remember!)in with my towels IF I am going to hang them to dry. It doesn't seem to effect the absorbency at all. Of course we have INCREDIBLY hard water and everything feels stiff when I take it off the line even when I use softener!

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Thanks for the FrugalVillage link. It's great! I never knew about the vinegar as fabric softner--love it!!

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I do Amber, for the dogs bedding(vinegar removes pet hair) I would add it to the washing powder and in softener dispenser, 1/2 to 3/4 cup depending on the load size. Rinsing with vinegar will also remove washing powder build up in the clothing, great for allergies! remember the skin is the biggest organ in the body, all makes good sense in the end.....I'm trying hard to make a switch to natural, echo friendly clothing too.

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I found this link, Hanna do you use your dispenser? I am going to try this today. I have to say it, I love my fabric softener but after reading what Annie put out, I am having a hard time with it....

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Hannah, how do you use the vinegar as a fabric softener? I am very curious...

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Vinegar, borax, salt, essential oils and lemon juice makes up my cleaning products. Been trying to get my hands on a Soapwort plant to grow, anybody using it? www.altnature.com/gallery/soapwort.h
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I buy a natural fabric softner with this in, it is very expensive, lol can only afford at the start of the month, from mid month it's back to vinegar again!

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Those are great ideas CLCCOOL, I love the fragrance of gardenia.
Know what you mean about using a lot of baking soda;I buy it bulk from my co-op. You can get it $23 for 50 pounds! But I usually buy it in 5 pound sacks for $3.25/sack.

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I will definately get rid of the sheets! I usually don't use the liquid softener, but have used the vinegar for smells. And will try the baking soda (I swear I need the BIGGEST box available for that stuff).
I was mopping my floor yesterday & added a couple drops of gardinia oil to the water...my whole house now smells like gardinia! I also, sometimes add essential oils to the rinse cycle of the wash, for a not too over powering smell! Lavendar is wonderful for sheets!!!

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Gosh, I know that vinegar can really clean and eliminate odor but I wasn't aware that it would also soften and get rid of static cling (what softeners are for). I sometimes add vinegar to the washing cycle if I have something smelly like my dog's quilt. Don't know about using it as a softener.

I also have been using Seventh Generation softener in some of my loads. Did you know that you should never use liquid softener in loads of towels? That's because softener adds a tiny bit of oil to the laundry which is okay for clothing but it can take the absorbency out of towels; would kill the purpose wouldn't it?! For towels I use a couple of those cotton pads that you can use over and over again.

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Ok dumb question. I will be the *first* to admit that I am one who loves that Downey smell. Hmmmmm.... I had NO idea what was involved with these.

I have a fabric softener dispenser in my washing machine -- can I just add vinegar to that instead and will it go at the right time like the Downey?

I think I might just back off of the fabric softener now. Is it really worth it?

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Thanks for posting that ANI. I had learned of the dangers of dryer sheets some years back but it is good to have the specifics to share with family. Seventh generation also makes a safe dryer sheet I have been using when I don't hang my clothes on the line. I don't know what is in it and am hoping it is indeed safe. I kinda trust them so I think it is.

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Here's an interesting article on the dangers of fabric softener and dryer sheets
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ANIDUCKTHISTLE: Thanks for the link! Over the years I've had 4 dogs & 3 cats, there are places in the house that STILL smell(the places that I haven't ripped up the carpet). Also, found a recipe for getting urine smell out of clothing...sometimes my kitties think they need to pee on my clothes if I leave them laying on the floor...I think they are trying to teach me to pick up my clothes! I might try replacing the liquid dish soap with castile soap, though.

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I use mostly vinegar and baking soda. I also use a store bought product called Bac Out for that pee smell in the bathroom of my boys. It works great. For my windows I have found that what works best is my dish soap believe it or not (Sun and Earth). I put a very small amount on the wet rag and scrub the windows and mirrors and then wipe off with a dry rag. It works better than vinegar or any other thing I have tried. No streaks.

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7/7/10 9:58 P

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I had a cat urine problem really bad on a carpet in my bedroom. I mean, it was bad. I kept smelling it but couldn't find where it was coming from and then I finally did. by then the cat had used the area several times. I was ready to throw the carpet away but it's really a beautiful (huge 10 x 10) oriental carpet that we've had forever (handed down).

Then I found the solution. I did everything the recipe said and the carpet is absolutely clean and odor free. Amazing. I had to dilute my hydrogen peroxide because what we have is the very strong 35% kind. I also used an environmentally sound liquid dish soap. Here's the link to the recipe:
www.catsofaustralia.com/urinestainre
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7/7/10 9:24 P

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I love vinegar it really can take up stains in the carpet that nothing else seems to, also it leaves the room smelling fresh and clean.

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7/7/10 3:04 P

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My main cleaning supplies:
baking soda
vinegar
lemon juice
castile soap
as well as, steam.
You can pretty much do everything with those few things.

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7/7/10 1:18 P

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I use this all purpose surface cleaner and it is WONDERFUL!!

In a spray bottle:
Mix 2 tbsp. of vinegar with 1 tsp. borax .
Fill the rest of the bottle with very hot water.
Shake until the borax is dissolved.
Add 1/4 cup of Murphy's Oil soap or.
To scent, add 10 to 15 drops of an essential oil.



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Alright, if we're going to do this, let's do it right! Cleaners are a big part of our lives and we certainly have no business spraying the lethal toxins that are contained in most of the products we buy. The 'green' types of cleaners that you can buy are very pricey so let's share our ideas and come up with recipes for various cleaners.

What do you use in your:

-bathroom
-kitchen
-floors
-laundry

etc. Please share what works for you!!

Here are just a *few* articles on the dangers of household cleaning agents:

www.thenewhomemaker.com/3-worst-hous
eh
old-toxins


www.associatedcontent.com/article/25
14
9/how_dangerous_are_household_cleaneR>rs_pg2.html?cat=5


www.shareguide.com/hazard.html

Here are some links for articles on the benefits of two wonderful products that just about everyone has -- baking soda and vinegar:

www.vinegartips.com/scripts/pageView
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c.asp?id=7


www.thenewhomemaker.com/vinegar

housekeeping.about.com/cs/environmen
t/
a/alternateclean.htm


www.natural-healthy-home-cleaning-ti
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.com/vinegar_baking_soda_cleaning_reR>cipes.htm


www.thenewhomemaker.com/bakingsoda
www.bakingsodabook.co.uk/baking_soda
_b
ook_cleaning.shtml


Feel free to share what works for you!!

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